How to map on-premises "S: Drive" in Windows?


This tutorial will guide you through mounting your on-premises Shared Space drives to a Windows computer.

Please Note: If you are not connect to AirVandalGold, AirVandalHome, or a wired network connection you must first connect to the VPN before accessing shared spaces.

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Shared Space Server Paths and Default Drive Letters

These are the server paths to use when mapping drives.

Server Path Default Drive Letter Notes
\\\shared S: Location for the majority of on-premises file storage
\\\users U: Legacy user drive, all content has been moved to OneDrive
\\\websites W: On-premises IIS website content for production services
\\\websites V: On-premises IIS website content for pre-production services


Automatic Drive Mapping

Step 1

The QuickConnect tool automatically maps your User and Shared drives to your computer. Click the Download button below to install it.


Once it has finished installing, press Run.

Run the tool


Step 2

If prompted, enter your University of Idaho username and password. 

Download the tool, entering your UI credentials


Step 3

Once the tool has finished running, you can access your data by opening File Explorer and navigating to the This PC dropdown on the left. 
Once the tool is done, your drives should show up under your computer drives.


Manual Drive Mapping

Step 1

Windows 10 - Open File Explorer and select This PC. Find and click the Computer tab, and select the Map Network Drive option.  

This image locates the map network drive button.

Windows 11 - Open File Explorer from the taskbar or by pressing the Windows logo key + E. Right-click on This PC from the left pane and select Map network drive.

This image shows where the map network drive button is.

Step 2

For the Shared drive, select S: for drive and enter the folder;  \\\shared.

If you set these to reconnect at sign-in, note that it will only correctly reconnect if you already have the VPN running or are connected to a University of Idaho network. 

This is a photo of the map network drive window.


Enter folder name.
Your drives should now appear under This PC in File Explorer.



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